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BLIND LUCK (winner) – Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Blind Luck came out of her race in fine shape and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer now can set his sights on a second half of 2010 goal for his star filly. Blind Luck captured the Oaks by a nose with a furious finish under Rafael Bejarano.
Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and Jerry Hollendorfer's Blind Luck outgamed Evening Jewel in a deep stretch duel to win the 136th running of the $584,300 Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies by a nose on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs before a record Kentucky Oaks Day crowd of 116,046.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – WinStar Farm’s Doubles Partner swept past the pace-setting Lost Aptitude at the three-sixteenths pole en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Asphalt in the 19th running of the $200,550 American Turf (GII) for 3-year-olds on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Jay Em Ess Stable’s Arson Squad, ridden by Paco Lopez, rolled to an authoritative 2 ¼-length victory over Flying Private to win the seventh running of the $169,650 Alysheba (GIII) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Michael Dubb and the High Grade Racing Stable’s Silver Timber rallied from off a blistering pace to win the 16th running of the $119,100 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint (GIII) by a neck over Chamberlain Bridge in track-record time over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Dogwood Stable’s Lou Brissie surged past favored Twelve Pack Shelly inside the eighth pole and then held off a late bid from Boys At Tosconova to win the 22nd running of the $110,300 Kentucky Juvenile (GIII) on by 1 ½ lengths Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Peter Vegso and Gary Seidler’s Unrivaled Belle outdueled reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra by a head to win the 25th running of the $418,800 La Troienne (GII) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by Bill Mott, Unrivaled Belle covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:42.97.
AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s Illinois Derby (GIII) winner American Lion had a routine gallop Friday morning. Trainer Eoin Harty said the Tiznow colt will walk early Saturday morning.
AMERICAN LION – Trainer Eoin Harty sent WinStar Farm’s American Lion out Thursday for a routine morning of schooling in the gate and galloping a mile and a half.
Churchill Downs to Honor 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra with 'First Lady of Oaks' Designation at Oaks 136
Continuing one of the newest traditions of the Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs will honor Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra as the 2010 First Lady of Oaks.
IEAH Stables and Resolute Group Stables' Court Vision, earner of $1,837,430 and a three-time Grade I winner on the grass, heads a field nine entered to compete in Saturday's 24th running of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.
Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s Rachel Alexandra, the reigning Horse of the Year preparing for a start on Friday in the $400,000-added La Troienne Stakes (GII), will work early Monday at Churchill Downs.
"She’ll work in the morning,” said Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is targeting Friday’s Grade II, $400,000-added La Troienne Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks (GI) undercard at Churchill Downs for her next start, majority owner Jess Jackson said by phone Saturday.
Dawn and Ike Thrash’s Hurricane Ike blew past favored Eightyfiveinafifty leaving the far turn to repulsed a late bid from Aikenite to win the 86th running of the $237,400 The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) by 2 ¾ lengths on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs raises the curtain on Kentucky Derby Week and its 2010 Spring Meet on Saturday, April 24 with the revitalized $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (Grade III) set as the featured event on an 11-program kicks off what bids to be a memorable 42-day racing session that will includes four “Downs After Dark” night racing sessions under permanent lights and a compelling schedu
Stonestreet Stable and Harold McCormick’s Rachel Alexandra turned in a sizzling six-furlong workout on Monday at Churchill Downs as the reigning Horse of the Year displayed increasing sharpness as she nears a return to competition.
Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra worked a strong six furlongs on Monday in her second major training move since her return to her home base at Churchill Downs.
Graded Stakes Earnings Update: Line of David, Stately Victor Surprise to Earning Way Into Derby Field
The top two finishers in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Line of David and Paddy O’Prado) and Arkansas Derby (Stately Victor and Super Saver) are now positioned within the Top 20 of the Graded Stakes Earnings list that determines the prospective field for Kentucky Derby 136 on Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Got pink? Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, are issuing the people of Louisville a challenge to “Get Your Pink On!” each Friday leading up to the 136th running of the Kentucky Oaks to honor breast cancer survivors.
Assuming those already firmly positioned within the Top 20 Graded Stakes Earnings list perform well in prep races on April 3, 10 and 17 and exit those races in good order, it’s conceivable that it could take as much as $200,000 in graded stakes earnings to crack the Kentucky Derby 136 field on the first Saturday in May.